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Covid-19 can be combatted only through effective multilateral action, FM says

The emergence of the novel coronavirus in late 2019 has made clear that global and regional stability is possible only through effective multilateral action, according to Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides.

“Amid these extraordinary times, it is dramatically proven, yet again, that our world is truly interconnected and interdepended,” he said in an interview with the Eastern Mediterranean Affairs Magazine.

“The pandemic has underscored the world’s vulnerability and fragilities, attesting that concerted efforts are humanity’s only hope and a destined necessity,” he added.

In the interview, republished by Phileleftheros on Thursday, Christodoulides also said that coronavirus may be the most consequential event of the early 21st century, upending modern life, globalization and relations between countries.

And that a trend of multipolarity, verifying a form of “anarchy” in international relations, has been observed.

“I do agree that the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the international system towards more realism and a more anarchic and multi-polar world. In this context, a pessimist might see anarchy in international relations as dangerous and potentially violent,” he said.

“An optimist, on the other hand, might think that while an anarchical world is an opportunity for some states, as a consortium of righteous and ethical powers, could use it to achieve common good, set a good example for others and address global and regional challenges,” he added.

This pandemic, as already proven, has affected and aggravated pre-existing inequalities, plunging those in the most perilous situations deeper into poverty, hunger and despair.

A revitalized international partnership is required to support countries in need, which are now under immense strain, he argued.

That’s why, the Minister added, the only way forward in order to maintain social justice and sustainable development is to collectively demonstrate solidarity in burden-sharing the above-mentioned negative effects, whilst sharing the vaccine for Covid-19 in an equitable and reciprocate manner.

The emergence of the novel coronavirus in late 2019 has made clear that global and regional stability is possible only through effective multilateral action, according to Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides.

“Amid these extraordinary times, it is dramatically proven, yet again, that our world is truly interconnected and interdepended,” he said in an interview with the Eastern Mediterranean Affairs Magazine.

“The pandemic has underscored the world’s vulnerability and fragilities, attesting that concerted efforts are humanity’s only hope and a destined necessity,” he added.

In the interview, republished by Philenews on Thursday, Christodoulides also said that coronavirus may be the most consequential event of the early 21st century, upending modern life, globalization and relations between countries.

And that a trend of multipolarity, verifying a form of “anarchy” in international relations, has been observed.

“I do agree that the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the international system towards more realism and a more anarchic and multi-polar world. In this context, a pessimist might see anarchy in international relations as dangerous and potentially violent,” he said.

“An optimist, on the other hand, might think that while an anarchical world is an opportunity for some states, as a consortium of righteous and ethical powers, could use it to achieve common good, set a good example for others and address global and regional challenges,” he added.

This pandemic, as already proven, has affected and aggravated pre-existing inequalities, plunging those in the most perilous situations deeper into poverty, hunger and despair.

A revitalized international partnership is required to support countries in need, which are now under immense strain, he argued.

That’s why, the Minister added, the only way forward in order to maintain social justice and sustainable development is to collectively demonstrate solidarity in burden-sharing the above-mentioned negative effects, whilst sharing the vaccine for Covid-19 in an equitable and reciprocate manner.

 

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